While big organisations spend heavily on security, startups still need to understand the importance of cyber security. According to a report by Forbes, approximately 30,000 websites are hacked every day and new web vulnerabilities are being discovered on hourly basis. With scary statistics like these, web security should be a priority in any startup organisation. In the light of marketing, search engine optimisation, analytics, UI/UX, etc., security of the website often takes a back seat. Making the entire business stand on shaky grounds. Leaving a business at the mercy of hackers is something that a startup CEO should absolutely avoid.
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It is high time that startup founders start questioning their developers about security even while making the mean viable product (MVP). Most of the time, the approach is to get a MVP out to validate the market and get reviews from customers. Once the MVP is validated, the final product is built on top of it. Security is not the focus while making the MVP and second iteration of the product is done on top of it, making the product quite hollow from a security perspective.
Security is often seen as something which a "tech-department" or an "IT-team" should be looking after. But the magnitude of loss posed by a security-breach makes security to be a topic of discussion by the top management. In the past, organisations have lost millions because of a security breach. Also there have been incidents where security breach was the sole cause for the shutting down of a company. Its time to act fast and act now, hackers are coming!
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